Photography with expired film is always an adventure that I relish. I set my expectations low and hope for something interesting. Especially when I further add the unexpected color shifts that result from cross processing. I had a roll of expired (1999) Fujifilm Provia 100 E6 slide film that I wanted to use up. Since it was expired film, I figured the colors were not going to be accurate so cross-processing the film in C-41 chemistry would add a flavor of mystery to the results.

With cross-processing in mind, I decided to photograph at a local car show full of brightly colored vintage and exotic cars. I felt that a variety of bright colors would further exaggerate or amplify the color shifts and maybe create images with a more artistic flair.

I used a 1949 Rolleiflex Automat 6×6 – Model K4/50 with its Tessar f/3.5 lens. I enjoy using this camera because it is lightweight, reasonably compact, and easy to use on bright sunny days. The camera also turns a lot of heads and I had several people approach me and ask about it. For scanning, I used a Nikon D610 DSLR and Nikkor 105mm Macro lens on a copy stand with an LED lightpad for illumination.

Post-processing was done using Negative Lab Pro and Lightroom Classic. Most of the tuning was with Negative Lab Pro and even that was minimal because I really like the way the images appeared right after conversion.

I typically find with expired 120 size films that the backing paper may sometimes chemically bleed into the film layer causing a double-exposed look with numbers, lines, and dots that were printed on the backing paper appearing in the images.

In the case of this film, it also added a magenta color cast that is visible in the lighter areas of the frame. In this case, I liked the effect it produced and I was very happy with the results.

~ George

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George Quiroga

I'm a photographer that works across multiple genres of photography including Fine Art, Travel, Nature, Sports, Glamour, and Fashion photography. I'm inspired by colors, textures, patterns, and the emotion of subjects that radiate with positive energy. When...

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  1. Oh, MAN! I’m STOKED on these! I just loaded (literally 20 hours ago) my first roll of film into an Imperial Savoy I’ve had sitting around waiting for some 620 spools- Provia 100F that expired in 2013! My plan was also to cross process in c-41, so I appreciate getting a sneak peek at what I might expect!

    1. Expired film and cross processing is a fickle mistress but responsible for some of my favourite photographs. I’d love to see how you get on 😀